Chris Steven, Abuja
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police has said the police will recruit 155,000 personnel within five years to bridge the gap of manpower shortage in the force.
Idris, who disclosed this on Friday in Kano while briefing newsmen at Government House Kano, said 31,000 personnel would be recruited every year for five years.
He said the Nigerian Police Force was faced with serious shortage of manpower, noting that between 2011 and 2016, the force had not recruit ranks and files personnel.
“We have serious gap of manpower but force is determined to bridge the gap. We have presented a proposal to the federal government for the recruitment of 31,000 personnel annually for five years.
“We want make the force to work according to the standard of the United Nation chatter of one police man to 400 people.” He said
He said the police would continue to support other security agencies to ensure security of lives and properties of the citizenry.
On the quit notice issued to Igbo people by some northern youth’s organizations, the inspector general of police, said no single individual had the authority to eject Igbo people or any other tribe from any section of the country.
“Nobody has the authority to intimidate anybody to leave any part of this country unwillingly. Everybody has the right to stay where he/she wants. All I want to say is that people should respect the religion, culture and tradition of each other so that we can have peace and harmony in the country, but nobody has the power to eject any Nigerian from a section of this country,” he assured.
The IGP, who was in the state for a condolence visit over the death of Danmasanin Kano, late Yusuf Maitama Sule, said the demise of the late orator was great loss to the nation.